Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Building a Glued Lapstrake Tirrik

Page 14: The Launching

The Tirrik's launch
The Tirrik's launch

Photo - Donna Roddy

Although there was little wind the day the owners took delivery, Tom had a chance to row and sail the Tirrik singlehandly about a week earlier.

He found the Tirrik tracked well but was a bit beamy to row long distances comfortably.

Rowing the Tirrik
Rowing the Tirrik

Photo - Donna Roddy

The beam was welcome when sailing. She stands up to her sail easily, and the helm balance of the modified rig was fine.

Once familiar with Alfsigr, Tom lashed the tiller amidships, cleated off the sheets, and steered by shifting the position of the centerboard while sitting comfortably on the windward bench. This provided a very positive means of steering, and is great fun, also. Keep and eye to windward for gusts, if you try this.

The Tirrik under power
The Tirrik under power

Under power, the Honda 2hp outboard provided plenty of thrust and the well worked great, no splashing or slopping water out of the top. The Honda, being air-cooled, is fairly noisy at cruising speeds, but is redeemed by being only 28 lbs. and fuel-efficient.

We tried to sail, but there really wasn't enough wind. There will be plenty of future opportunities for the new owners!




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